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The importance of stress

How stress affects our brain

Most of us claim to be “stressed out” every once in a while. We think of stress as a rather vague concept, no doctor would dream of diagnosing someone as “stressed”. But stress is anything but vague, says geneticist Nicole Datson, it is a clearly defined and very useful biological process. At Leiden University she studies how stress affects genes in our brain.


Produced by Fast Facts

With the support of Leiden University and Nicole Datson


Thanks to Leiden University, Leiden University Medical Centre, Annelies Polman, Yves Aubert and Kavita Singh


Made by: Aline Idzerda 2011

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Camera & editing: John Treffer

Music: Daan van West

Graphic design: SproetS